Sunday, November 6, 2011

alabama chanin for heath ceramics: a modern heirloom

Photograph by Spencer Higgins for T Magazine
Photograph courtesy of Heath Ceramics
Photographs courtesy of Alabama Chanin

The new line of Alabama Chanin’s patterns on Heath Ceramics is created by using a very old sgrafitto technique. Two layers of glaze are applied to the surface of the piece, the pattern is created by gently scraping off the top layer to reveal the layer underneath. Each pieces is scraped off by hand, resulting in an irregular pattern, the hand of the maker very much present. I love the combination of perfect machine-pressed form and the imperfect hand-applied surface that results.